If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the eyebrows are the curtains. And groomed eyebrows are KEY to your whole look. In fact, even if you’re not wearing any makeup at all, just grooming your brows will make such a difference to your entire face. The key to gorgeous, groomed eyebrows is to keep things as natural looking as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean creating super defined looking eyebrows. Far from it! Let’s be honest, an intense eyebrow look does not look good on most people. So if you’re looking to create ‘Instagram eyebrows’, sorry, this post is not for you! However, if you’re looking to have gorgeous natural looking eyebrows that frame and enhance your entire face, then keep on reading.
There are 3 key steps to achieving gorgeous natural looking eyebrows. And they’re all really easy.
Step 1 to gorgeous, natural looking eyebrows: Start with a good base
The first step concentrates on creating the basis for your look. And once you’ve done this once, it’s just a matter of maintaining it.
Now don’t be scared by the word ‘theory’. This isn’t going to be something complicated. It’s just to help you achieve your perfect eyebrow shape. Before we begin, it’s a good idea to take a pencil or a makeup brush to help guide you. Now follow this general rule for eyebrow shapes:
1. Start of eyebrows: Take a pencil and place in a vertical line from your start of your eye down towards your nose. This is where your eyebrows should begin.
2. The highest point of your eyebrows: This is also known as the arch of your brow. Keep your pencil at the side of your nose and move it over the pupil of your eye. This is where the arch or highest point of your eyebrow should be.
3. The length of your eyebrows: Again, leave the pencil at your nose and move it to the end of your eye. This is how long your eyebrows should be.
Step 2: How to apply eyebrow products for natural looking eyebrows
How you apply your eyebrow products is going to play a major role in achieving natural looking eyebrows. Here’s the right way to do it.
1. Always start in the middle of your brows. Begin applying your eyebrow product in short, soft feathery strokes.
2. Then work your way outwards towards the outer edges and ends of your brows. Work with what you have naturally and make sure to follow the natural direction of the hairs. If you have thin eyebrows, don’t worry. You can always make them thicker once you’ve achieved the shape you want first.
3. Then using what’s left over on your brush and apply this to the inner corners of your brows.
Using this method gives a much more flattering and natural effect. Why? Because our brows are naturally lighter and less dense on the inner corners. So if you apply too much product to the inner corners, that’s going to give a very unnatural look. Think of the thick, unnatural looking ‘Instagram eyebrows’ and you’ll realise what I mean! Remember, we’re going for natural looking eyebrows here, which look a million times better.
Step 3: The best eyebrow products to achieve natural looking eyebrows
Just as your application will have a major impact in achieving natural looking eyebrows, so too will the type of product you apply. There are 3 main types of eyebrow products you can use which will determine the type of look you’ll achieve. I’ll now describe each one and some tips for the best way to use them.
This is my favourite type of eyebrow product. And it’s the one that gives the most natural looking finish to the brows. It’s also one of the most flattering for almost everyone. Another plus point is that it’s really easy to use. You simply apply it using an eyebrow brush (angled is best). Then apply it using the method I described in step 2 above. An eyebrow powder will give you gorgeous, natural looking eyebrows which will result in much more youthful appearance to your whole face. These lovely eyebrow powders by Zao Makeup are perfect for the job. They come in 3 different shades (blonde, ash blonde, brown). So you’ll easily find a shade to suit you perfectly. And they’re really easy to apply too.
This is probably the most commonly known and used eyebrow product. However, they’re probably my least favourite! Why? Because they can look much too harsh and most people don’t know how to use them properly. It’s important to apply eyebrow pencils with a very soft hand, not a firm hand. And be sure to choose the right shade for you (more on that below). I see so many women with very dark, fake looking eyebrows. And the main reason for this? They’ve used an eyebrow pencil to fill in their brows. I’m not saying don’t use them. They can also give you natural looking eyebrows too when used correctly. Just make sure to follow the application method in step 2 above and apply very lightly.
Tips for choosing an eyebrow pencil
Avoid pencils that are very hard. These are what contribute to a very harsh looking brow. Instead, opt for a soft pencil (you can test it on your hand first). Or another great option is to choose an eyebrow pencil that has a waxy finish to it like this lovely one by Eve Perez. The pencil is nice and soft, ensuring a more natural looking finish. And as it has a waxy texture to it, it will stay in place on your brows all day long. It even comes with a handy little brush at the end for grooming your brows or for distributing the colour for an even finish.
If you’re not so well endowed in the eyebrow area (like myself) but want to give the illusion that you have, then eyebrow waxes are perfect for you. The reason is that they have more staying power than a powder. I actually like to use eyebrow waxes in combination with eyebrow powders. Here’s an example of how you can do this. First, apply your eyebrow powder to achieve the shape and thickness that you want. Once you’re happy with this, apply the eyebrow wax over it to ensure it lasts all day long. I really like the eyebrow definer by Hynt Beauty. They glide on so smoothly and give a gorgeous, natural looking finish to my brows.
Some final tips to achieve natural looking eyebrows
1. Your eyebrows are sisters, not twins!
So don’t get hung up on trying to make them match and look exactly the same. Because they don’t need to.
2. Consider your natural eyebrow colour when choosing products
A good rule of thumb is to choose a shade that’s 1 shade lighter than your natural eyebrow colour. For example, if your eyebrows are quite fair, make sure to use a shade that’s also quite fair. If you use a shade that’s too dark, it will look completely unnatural. Hair colour plays a role too. For example, if you have dark hair, you want to ensure your eyebrows are also quite dark. However, if, for example, you have blond hair but have naturally dark eyebrows, then work with the natural colour of your eyebrows, not your hair.
Hair colour plays a role too. For example, if you have dark hair, you want to ensure your eyebrows are also quite dark. However, if, for example, you have blond hair but have naturally dark eyebrows, then work with the natural colour of your eyebrows, not your hair.
3. Apply a little highlighter just under your brows
This will give the illusion of a more uplifted brow and will make your arch look higher. Doing this will give your entire face a more uplifted and youthful look. And it will also make you look more awake. Apply a matte eyeshadow that’s 1-2 shades lighter than your skintone. Try to avoid shimmer products as they will just look too unnatural.
Handy tools to have in your makeup bag
These 2 makeup brushes are not essentials. But they’re really handy to have and will help you achieve natural looking eyebrows with or without eyebrow products. So I highly recommend them.
The easiest way to describe this brush is that it’s basically like a comb for your eyebrows. It actually looks like a mascara wand. Regardless of whether you use any eyebrow makeup products or not, this is a really useful tool to have in your makeup kit.
It takes about 1-2 seconds to use a spoolie and it’s a super simple too. As I already mentioned, it looks like a mascara wand. So another great use for it is for getting rid of any mascara clumps you may have. These are generally very cheap to buy. So it’s not a bad idea to have a couple of them in your makeup kit (ie: one for eyebrows, one for mascara clumps).
If you’re using an eyebrow powder or wax, an eyebrow brush is a must. It’s generally very thin and small so as not to pick up too much product and for a precise application to the brow area. An angled eyebrow brush is even better. Again, an eyebrow brush is multi-tasking too. It can double up as an eyeliner brush.
Give these 3 simple steps a try and I guarantee you’ll have gorgeous natural looking brows that will really flatter and enhance your whole face. I’d love to hear from you. Which eyebrow product do you currently use to fill in and shape your eyebrows? Have you tried any of the other types of product I mentioned above? Or if you have any other recommendations that have worked really well for you, let me know. I always love to hear about new products I haven’t tried before.
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